Portraits with Character

At the Photo Plus Expo I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and asked interesting looking strangers if I could take their portrait. What happened next amazed me, as many shared their life stories with me. From cancer survivors, artists, cowboys, to people who volunteer as Santa at children's hospitals, their tales were moving and showed the beauty of humanity. Here are a collection of my favorites. All were shot in The New York Institute of Photography booth using an Olympus OMD EM1, and 12-40mm lens.